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  • Final Account: An Inspector Banks Novel #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    There's more than blood and bone beneath the skin... The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horribly just yards away from his terrified wife and daughter, murdered by men who clearly enjoyed their work.

    Snoodely says: "Inspector Banks goes international"
    "A very fun listen"
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    What did you love best about Final Account?

    The characters were well developed, and the story was interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were some intriguing plot twists.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is an excellent actor with a range of accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give anything away, but yes, one of the plot twists took me by surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (716)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "disappointed in this audiobook"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Simon Winchester had tackled this topic, it would have been so much easier to follow. The author tries to do too much with too little editing, jumping from pioneers in medicine and their contributions, to the flu epidemic and how the government handled it, back to biographies of pioneers in medicine, back to the effect of the epidemic on individual cities, keeping no chronological timeline. I think this would have been a lot better if the author had not tried to cover so much information.


    Has The Great Influenza turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has turned me off from books authored by John M. Barry.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I have listened to several performances by Scott Brick. I will not listen to another. He has a tendency to read in a sing song manner. Also, from time to time he sounds like someone has said, "read it again, with more feeling."


    What character would you cut from The Great Influenza?

    I don't know. There are so many to consider.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Patron Saint of Ugly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Manilla
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    Born in Sweetwater, West Virginia, with a mop of flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast. With her sharp tongue, she has always known how to defend herself against bullies and aggressors but finds she is less adept at fending off the pilgrims who have set up a veritable tent city outside her hilltop home, convinced she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments and maker of miracles.

    Mike Murphy says: "Weird but defintately wonderful"
    "The story dragged on and on."
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    What disappointed you about The Patron Saint of Ugly?

    I was disappointed in the unnecessary use of racist terms. The story would not have been affected without them.


    What was most disappointing about Marie Manilla’s story?

    The characters were mostly pretty mean, petty people.


    What about Laura Hicks’s performance did you like?

    She is a good reader. Characters' voices were varied.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1872)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "wonderful series"
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    What did you love best about The Dark Horse?

    Great characters and setting. Interesting story lines. And the narrator is one of the best I've heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

    When he cut the dark horse loose and they rode off together.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He's a great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was too long. Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read the book and wanted to listen to it. No disappointment at all. They never should have discontinued the TV series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1791)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "very disappointed"
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    What would have made Doomsday Book better?

    A bit more editing would have made this book better. Stories about individual characters are long winded, and it's too easy to anticipate what is going to happen in this mystery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Book 3 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's--also about Time Traveling Brits, but much more engaging.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    The performance was really good, but I had trouble empathizing with the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lauren Beukes
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, and others
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story.

    sara says: "Fascinating Final Twist"
    "I was very disappointed in this."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who doesn't mind a novel composed of short stories strung together.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a mystery by an author I like.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    There were several narrators, some good, some irritating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Broken Monsters?

    I would not have cut any, but I would have made sure that the novel had a better flow and was not so disjointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write reviews, but this novel was exceptionally disappointing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (801)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "Really slow"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or John Glover?

    I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln child's Relic series and Agent Pendergrass, which is why I tried this.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    It was very slow. I was bored listening to it as it unfolded so slowly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    I don't know. I thought John Glover was good at doing several voices, but his tendency to warble from time to time, change registers dramatically, was not enjoyable for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Gideon is not as interesting as those created by Preston and Child in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2400)
    Performance
    (2132)
    Story
    (2148)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Agent Pendergast is back!!"
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    What did you love best about White Fire?

    I am so happy that this novel did not deal with Pendergast's wife and family. I didn't really enjoy Two Graves--but this one is great. The story was engaging, suspenseful to the end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The numerous switchbacks in the plot kept me entertained.


    Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance is excellent, as always. My disappointment in the Two Graves was with the plot, not the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Trouble in glitter gulch.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (686)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Confusing timeline"
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    Would you try another book from Max Barry and/or Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Barry again?

    No


    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    The readers were wonderful actors. Their performance outdid the story.


    Do you think Lexicon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It probably will have a follow up because it ended with questions unanswered.


    Any additional comments?

    The story jumps from the present to the past, which is not unusual, but the characters have more than one name. This causes confusion. I had trouble following the narrative, and I have a Ph.D. and am a voracious reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7034)
    Performance
    (6490)
    Story
    (6490)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "I love the Harry Dresden series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like science fiction/fantasy. Even if they don't, the story is compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    The confrontation on the island between Butcher and friends and the Winter Court.
    I don't want to give it away by saying more.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was great having it to return to when I could.


    Any additional comments?

    James Marsters is one of the best narrators out there. I am looking for books he narrates no matter who wrote them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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